The Band: The Weight

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The Weight

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling about half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey Mister, can you tell me
Where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand
"No" was all he said

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Anny
And you put the load right on me

I picked up my bag
I went lookin' for a place to hide
Then, I saw Carmen and the devil walking side by side
I said, "Hey Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me

Go down, Miss Moses, there ain't nothing you can say
It's just old Luke and Luke's waiting on the Judgment Day
Well, Luke my friend, what about young Anna Lee?
He said, "Do me a favour, son,
won't you stay and keep Anna Lee company?"

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me

Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog
He said, "I will fix your rags, if you take Jack my dog."
I said, "Wait a minute Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man."
He said, "That's okay boy, won't you feed him when you can."

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Anny
And you put the load right on me

Catch a Cannonball, now take me down the line
My bag is sinking low, and I do believe it's time
To get back to Miss Anny, you know 'cause she's the only one
Who sent me here with her regards for everyone

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me



















songwriter: Robbie Robertson

performed by: The Band

date released: 1968, by The Band

The Band was the influential rock group of the sixties whose members were notable musicians in their own right. The group consisted of Rick Danko (Green Corner's, Ontario), Garth Hudson (Windsor, Ontario), Richard Manual (Stratford, Ontario), Robbie Robertson (Toronto, Ontario) and American, Levon Helm (Arkansas, U.S.). The group was forged when they played backup for famed Canadian rockabilly singer, Ronnie Hawkins.

As one of Canada's Top 100 singles of all time, who could forget "The Weight" as one of the most popular songs of the 1960s counterculture? It was covered by many other artists such as Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, but none reached the popularity of the version by The Band.

"The Weight" is a folk tale of a traveller who reaches the town of Nazareth in the LeHigh Valley
region of Pennsylvania. Nazareth is the hometown of the C.F. Martin & Company guitar factory, a fitting mythical destination for a musician. The traveller has left his young bride, Anna Lee, for whom he pines.

The song is a recitation of notable encounters within the burg of Nazareth. The traveller is in the company of his dog, Luke, who is dying, "waiting on the Judgment Day." In the end, the traveller takes the Wabash Cannonball, the famous train line, back to his bride, Anna Lee.

Songwriter, Robbie Robertson, alludes to a possible higher religious connotation as hinted by the Biblical reference, Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus. Aren't we all carrying "a load", waiting "on the Judgment Day?" Christians might see an interpretation of Jesus dying for the sins, "the load", of mankind. For Buddhists, "the load" might be the suffering we were born into as a result of a karmic load from the past. This blogger will leave the metaphors for the listener to interpret as he/she will.

According to band member, Levon Helm, the song
is based on real people in real events. "Miss Anna Lee" was a longtime friend of Helm's.



























The Weight

I pulled into Nazareth, was feeling about half past dead
I just need some place where I can lay my head
Hey Mister, can you tell me
Where a man might find a bed?
He just grinned and shook my hand
"No" was all he said

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Anny
And you put the load right on me

I picked up my bag
I went lookin' for a place to hide
Then, I saw Carmen and the devil walking side by side
I said, "Hey Carmen, come on, let's go downtown."
She said, "I gotta go, but my friend can stick around."

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me

Go down, Miss Moses, there ain't nothing you can say
It's just old Luke and Luke's waiting on the Judgment Day
Well, Luke my friend, what about young Anna Lee?
He said, "Do me a favour, son,
won't you stay and keep Anna Lee company?"

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me

Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog
He said, "I will fix your rags, if you take Jack my dog."
I said, "Wait a minute Chester, you know I'm a peaceful man."
He said, "That's okay boy, won't you feed him when you can."

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Anny
And you put the load right on me

Catch a Cannonball, now take me down the line
My bag is sinking low, and I do believe it's time
To get back to Miss Anny, you know 'cause she's the only one
Who sent me here with her regards for everyone

CHORUS: Take a load off Anny
Take a load for free
Take a load off Baby
And you put the load right on me



















songwriter: Robbie Robertson

performed by: The Band

date released: 1968, by The Band

The Band was the influential rock group of the sixties whose members were notable musicians in their own right. The group consisted of Rick Danko (Green Corner's, Ontario), Garth Hudson (Windsor, Ontario), Richard Manual (Stratford, Ontario), Robbie Robertson (Toronto, Ontario) and American, Levon Helm (Arkansas, U.S.). The group was forged when they played backup for famed Canadian rockabilly singer, Ronnie Hawkins.

As one of Canada's Top 100 singles of all time, who could forget "The Weight" as one of the most popular songs of the 1960s counterculture? It was covered by many other artists such as Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross, but none reached the popularity of the version by The Band.

"The Weight" is a folk tale of a traveller who reaches the town of Nazareth in the LeHigh Valley
region of Pennsylvania. Nazareth is the hometown of the C.F. Martin & Company guitar factory, a fitting mythical destination for a musician. The traveller has left his young bride, Anna Lee, for whom he pines.

The song is a recitation of notable encounters within the burg of Nazareth. The traveller is in the company of his dog, Luke, who is dying, "waiting on the Judgment Day." In the end, the traveller takes the Wabash Cannonball, the famous train line, back to his bride, Anna Lee.

Songwriter, Robbie Robertson, alludes to a possible higher religious connotation as hinted by the Biblical reference, Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus. Aren't we all carrying "a load", waiting "on the Judgment Day?" Christians might see an interpretation of Jesus dying for the sins, "the load", of mankind. For Buddhists, "the load" might be the suffering we were born into as a result of a karmic load from the past. This blogger will leave the metaphors for the listener to interpret as he/she will.

According to band member, Levon Helm, the song
is based on real people in real events. "Miss Anna Lee" was a longtime friend of Helm's.



























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Quiz #: 6750
Who can forget "The Weight" from Canada's, The Band.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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